KOFO Local News

Melvern voters to decide on one-cent sales tax

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

MELVERN — Following a vote of the city council, Melvern voters will decide in Movember on whether to have a city sales tax of one cent. The state estimates the one-cent tax would raise $16,500. The city council would earmark the proceeds to street repairs and utilities.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Jury trial set in DUI death

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man charged with killing another Ottawa man in a traffic accident southeast of Centropolis last September has pleaded not guilty and has requested a jury trial. Eric Davis is charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with the death of Fames Richey. The trial will be Sept. 8. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office said Davis was driving along Iowa Road when he lost control of his SUV. It went off the road, rolled over and hit at least three trees. Richey was a passenger in the SUV and was killed. Davis and another passenger were injured.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Defendant agrees to plea deal in VFW robbery

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — A man charged in the robbery of the Ottawa VFW post earlier this year has pleaded no contest to trying to elude officers as part of a plea deal in Franklin County District Court. Charges of theft and possession of marijuana against Wyatt Clear were dropped as part of the deal. Sentencing will be Aug. 25.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Man charged in wild chase two years ago now in jail facing charges

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — A man accused of being the driver who escaped from Ottawa police and Franklin County deputies after a wild chase through Ottawa streets and backyards, and county roads and fields, two years ago is in jail. Anthony West was arrested last week and will be in court Wednesday for a hearing on a laundry list of charges resulting from the high speed chase in June 2012. After a police officer tried to pull over the driver concerning a stolen vehicle report, the driver took off and blasted down quiet city streets at a high rate of speed and without his lights on. The officer later ended the chase. The driver was later spotted by a deputy who chased him into the county. The driver went across a farm field and later returned into the city, where he went down the Prairie Spirit Trail,hit a utility pole, drove across Kanza Park and hit the back of a house. The driver stole a pickup at the house and drove through yards in his successful attempt to escape.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Reduced Library Budget?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA–The Ottawa Library may keep closing at 1:00, instead of 5:00 on Saturday.  Library Managers had proposed expanding the Saturday hours to 5pm, but during budget discussions with the Ottawa City Commission, it was made clear that Commissioners want the Library to look for cost-cutting areas.  The proposed expanded Saturday hours are likely to be one of those areas.

Monday, Jul. 21, 8:55 pm

Rantoul man in jail after shooting in Lane

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 17, 2014

LANE — A 32-year-old Rantoul man is in the Franklin County jail connection with a shooting late Wednesday night near Lane. Jacob Leach was booked into the jail early this morning on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, Sheriff Jeff Richards said. A 52-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot, Richards said. The shooting occurred in the the 1100 block of Vermont Terrace just north of Lane. Members of the Franklin and Miami county sheriffs’ departments, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Ottawa police were involved in the investigation and search for the suspect, he said.
Thursday, July 17, noon

Ottawa, Baldwin City and trail win special state grants

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2014

OTTAWA — The city of Ottawa has received a special state alternative transportation grant for sidewalks and bike lanes on 15th Street. The Kansas Dept. of Transportation grant for a little more than $223,000 to Ottawa is among 20 grants awarded to groups or municipalities across the state. The Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will receive a grant of nearly $2 million for Phase II development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail through Ottawa and which runs between Osawatomie and Herington. Baldwin City will receive a little more than $145,390 for improvements to the exterior of the Baldwin City railroad depot.
Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Ottawa crews to pick up downed limbs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2014

OTTAWA — Because of the last wind storm, the public works department crews will collect broken limbs and tree debris at curbside beginning next Monday. Crews will make only one pass through the city. Limbs should be stacked parallel to and close to the street curb. Collections cannot be made in alleys due to space limits. The city is also offering a free collection site for citizens to haul their own brush and limbs to the salt storage shed at the intersection of North Cherry Street and Enterprise Road. A sign is posted at the dump site.
Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

More pollworkers needed

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2014

OTTAWA – Uncle Janet wants you! She wants you to do the patriotic thing to preserve democracy. In other words, Franklin County Clerk Janet Paddock is looking for pollworkers for the primary election on Aug. 5 at several polling locations. She said training will be provided, and experienced workers will work alongside new pollworkers. Workers will go from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. Call the clerk’s office at 229-3410.
Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

Allegre named school board president

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 15, 2014

OTTAWA – Bill Allegre was elected president of the Ottawa school board Monday. His election is part of a reorganization. School districts reorganize after the start of the state fiscal year July 1.
Tuesday, July 15, 4 p.m.

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